Normal service continued at Royal George today as Julian Dent and Hanny Allston stamped their authority on the Australian 3-Days. The normally fickle Tasmanian weather has turned out for the best again and runners found themselves in pleasant terrain, with some vague areas adding to the technical difficulty.
The elite classes are usually all but decided on the long distance Day 2, and the women’s class this year appears to be no exception. Hanny Allston dominated proceedings with a staggering 10 minute win over Kathryn Ewels. Allston’s lead of 13 minutes now appears to be unassailable. Another solid run from last year’s WOC debutant, Jasmine Neve, sees her holding onto her third placing ahead of Susanne Casanova.
Julian Dent’s win over Simon Uppill wasn’t quite so emphatic. But the extra 3 miutes gained today, coupled with the fact that Dent is yet to be beaten in this year’s Silva National League makes it appear unlikely that Uppill can make up 5 minutes tomorrow. Meanwhile, veteran Cockatoos Grant Bluett and Rob Walter continue their ding-dong battle for third: Grant won out today and takes a 2 minute lead into the final day. Surprise packet of the day was Ian Meyer’s 5th place (only one minute behind Rob Walter).
In the junior girls, Belinda Lawford (winner on the first two days) was blown away by Tasmanian Sarah Buckerfield, but still holds the overall lead. Josh Blatchford held onto his lead in the junior boys, with Lachlan Dow still in 2nd, but pre-race favourite Leon Keely failed to finish.